Goal-line stand preserves Delaware overtime victory over JMU, 30-23

jmu logoJames Madison overcame a pair fourth-quarter deficits to force overtime, only to fall to No. 25 Delaware 30-23 in Colonial Athletic Association football Saturday before 20,592 fans at Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field.

Delaware (3-1, 1-0) had the first possession in the overtime period and took five plays to score when senior quarterback Trent Hurley tossed a four-yard strike just inside the front left cone to junior receiver Jerel Harrison.  The Dukes (2-3, 0-2) overcame a third-and-10 from the 25, but an ultimate fourth-and-goal from the one was turned back when the Delaware defense stopped freshman running back Taylor Woods (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) inches from the goal line.

Delaware scored the first points of the second half with a 28-yard field goal for a 16-6 lead as 8:09 remained in the fourth quarter.  JMU responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive that ended when redshirt junior quarterbackVad Lee (Durham, N.C./Hillside/Georgia Tech) zipped in a three-yard pass to senior receiver DeAndre’ Smith(District Heights, Md./Wise), pulling the Dukes to within 16-13 with 5:15 to go.

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Gage Steele’s (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) first career interception, at the UD 45, came just 21 seconds into the Blue Hens’ ensuing possession, setting up a career-long 43-yard field goal by redshirt junior Connor Arnone (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) that tied the affair with 2:55 to play.

The Blue Hens, who scored on a 75-yard screen pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, capitalized on another short pass and long run, this time for an 86-yard score from Hurley to Harrison that put the visitors up 23-16 and left the Dukes only 1:37 with which to work.  It was enough, as Lee found a seam for a two-yard TD run to knot the game at 23-all with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation.

JMU slightly outgained Delaware, 489-463, including a balanced attack of 237 yards on the ground and 252 through the air. JMU was just 8-for-21 on third down conversions, while UD was 6-for-13, but held an advantage in time of possession of 32:04 to 27:56. JMU ran a school-record 99 plays compared to 65 for Delaware.

Lee rushed 19 times for 86 yards and one score and was 25-for-44 for 252 yards and one touchdown through the air. Redshirt junior tight end Deane Cheatham (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) tied his career high set last week with six catches, for 80 yards. Smith also tied his career high of six receptions, for 55 yards and one score.

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press news